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Richard O'Kennedy B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., C.Biol., FSB.,  F.I.Biol.I. (Ireland) is a founding member and Professor in the School of Biotechnology in Dublin City University (DCU). He was visiting Scientist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas (1988-89) and has received numerous awards including an Albert Senior Fellowship (2000), the Biochemistry Medal of the Royal Irish Academy (2001), Fellowships of the Institutes of Biology of Ireland (2001) and UK (2003), Irish Times/RDS Science lecturer (2002), the Presidentís Award for Excellence in Teaching in Science at DCU (2002) and the Presidentís Award for Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering (2005). He is a member of the Life Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy; Vice-President of The Institute of Biology of Ireland, President, London International Youth Science Forum (2004-present); member of the Industrial Research Commercialization Committee, Enterprise Ireland (2006-present), and is currently Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at DCU. He leads the Applied Biochemistry Research Group, internationally recognized for its expertise in immunoassays, antibody generation, education/training and sensor assay development. He coordinates a Masters in Biomedical Diagnostics, has supervised 60 Ph.Ds., published extensively (over 200 peer-reviewed papers, 20 reviews, 25 book chapters, 1 book), reviews for many journals and international scientific bodies, has several patents and licensed technologies/reagents and works closely with Irish/ international companies.